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  1. Dinosaur World

    Plant City : 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City, 33565

    Just outside Plant City, north of Tampa, visitors can find what might be referred to as real Florida. This park has all the kitsch you would expect from an old-time attraction, except it's only been around since 1998. But like Gator Land or Jungle Gardens, this attraction offers low-key entertai …

  2. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

    Editor's pick

    Tarpon Springs : 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, 34689

    When Greek immigrants first settled in the area, they found the waters off Tarpon Springs to be rich with highly sought-after sponges. Now the area is the focal point of local Greek culture and dining. Walk along colorful Dodecanese Boulevard, winding through the shops that smell of the unique n …

  3. Columbia Restaurant

    Editor's pick

    Ybor City : 2117 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    The granddaddy of them all, Columbia Restaurant bears the distinction of being the oldest restaurant in Florida as well as the nation's largest Spanish/Cuban restaurant, with 13 rooms extending one full city block. Some of these waiters have been here a lifetime, there are stirring flamenco show …

  4. Munch's Sundries & Restaurant

    St. Petersburg : 3920 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg, 33705

    It's time travel, pure and simple. Munch's Sundries & Restaurant's booths are lined with Lakewood Elementary class pictures from the 1960s (a lot of unfortunate haircuts), on the walls are tacked-up, and down-home, morsels of wisdom and on Tuesdays every table is topped with the fried chicke …

  5. Jannus Live

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Jannus Live hosts touring headliners, local musicians and DJs, and a variety of events in an outdoor venue in downtown St. Petersburg. At four stories and 5,000 square feet, Jannus Live dwarfs the old venue once known as Jannus landing.One permanent and eight portable bars are positioned around  …

  6. Bern's Steak House

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 1208 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    Naysayers can grouse, but there's no denying the fine meat and one of the world's best and cheapest wine lists. You can drink back through 20 years in Spanish, Italians, Rhones and zins for $75 or less. Lighten up and relax; just exploring the menu's new additions takes time. Dessert takes more. …

  7. Cafe L'Europe

    Sarasota beaches : 431 St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, 34236

    Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

  8. Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa

    Editor's pick

    South Pinellas beaches : 3400 Gulf Blvd. , St. Pete Beach, 33706

    The Mediterrean-style "pink palace" sitting on the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico epitomizes luxury and has hosted the rich, powerful and famous since 1928. Guests in some of its 277 guest rooms and suites enjoy private terraces and panoramic ocean views. There are two pools (one wi …

  9. Candy Kitchen

    North Pinellas beaches : 13711 Gulf Blvd. , Madeira Beach, 33708

    Like a kid's fantasy come true, this 600-square-foot space is packed with delicious relics from our candy past: Mary Janes, Slo Pokes, Candy Necklaces and B-B Bats, just to name a few. But there are also Mexican jumping beans, Gumby, Pokey, Slinkies, a Drinking Bird and every childhood cheap thr …

  10. Albert Whitted Airport

    St. Petersburg : 540 First St. SE, St. Petersburg, 33707

    Owned and operated by the City of St. Petersburg, Albert Whitted Airport's two runways provide convenient access to the city's downtown waterfront, business district and urban communities. The 110-acre facility handles approximately 80,000 aircraft annually and is home to an estimated 185 aircra …

  11. Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    This luxurious 1925 Mediterranean Revival-style hotel on the shores of Tampa Bay features a private marina, heated pools and a 12-court tennis complex. The Vinoy Golf Club (a private 18-hole course for resort guests and club members) is 1.5 miles away on Snell Isle.The renovated Renaissance Vi …

  12. Haslam's Book Store

    Editor's pick

    Grand Central District : 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33713

    This St. Petersburg institution has been going strong since 1933, when John and Mary Haslam, both avid readers, opened it to provide other readers with used magazines and books at bargain prices. After World War II they were joined by the second generation, Charles and Elizabeth.In an age of ch …

  13. Skipper's Smokehouse

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, 33613

    Skipper's is an institution. Generations of music lovers have called themselves regulars at this classic, Old Florida-themed establishment. Not only does it provide a spacious outdoor concert area, communal benches and beachy sand add even more charm, and its restaurant serves some of the best F …

  14. St. Augustine Spanish Quarter

    St. Augustine : 29 St. George St., St. Augustine, 32084

    The heart of St. Augustine, the Colonial Spanish Quarter is a step back in time, complete with costumed folks doing things they used to do back in the 1700s.

  15. Coney Island Grill

    St. Petersburg : 250 9th St N, St. Petersburg, 33705

    The Coney Island Grill has been an institution and city landmark since 1926. That's a long time to be the alpha dog, but Coney Island's Michigan-style chili dog is the coin of the realm, especially when eaten atop a brown vinyl stool at the counter with an impossibly thick chocolate shake at you …

  16. Crabby Bill's

    North Pinellas beaches : 401 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33811

    The Loder family started Captain Bill's back in 1975, then sold it and moved on to the unnamed next project. As Matt Loder remembers it, one of his sisters said, "We love eating crabs, we love selling crabs and Dad is pretty crabby." Not sure how patriarch Bill Loder felt about that as …

  17. Pier 60

    Editor's pick

    Clearwater Beach : 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, 33767

    This is one of Tampa Bay's best tourist attractions. In addition to being a great place to fish or just relax during the day on Clearwater Beach, Pier 60 turns into a daily festival of sorts two hours before sunset and two hours after. Weather permitting, locals and tourists alike can gather to  …

  18. Tampa Theatre

    Editor's pick

    Downtown Tampa : 711 Franklin St., Tampa, 33672

    The landmark Tampa Theatre is a restored vintage movie palace known for its classic architecture and independent film showings. The venue, opened in 1926, seats 1,446 and hosts various film festivals.The dazzling night-sky ceiling, plush red velvet draperies, gold inlaid facades, Renaissance sta …

  19. Lobster Pot

    North Pinellas beaches : 17814 Gulf Blvd., Redington Shores, 33708

    Lobster Pot has been a favorite of returning snowbirds and beach vacationers since opening in 1978. It got a remodel with new owners in 2009, but the best dishes are still the classics. A whole steamed Maine lobster arrives like a page out of a New England magazine, split down the middle and spi …

  20. Hellas Restaurant

    Editor's pick

    Tarpon Springs : 785 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, 34689

    Someone must be charged with constantly Windexing the glass cases in the bakery, there are so many eager noses pressed against it every day. Hellas has been one of the big guns in Tarpon since 1970, its reputation boosted by the huge attached Greek bakery (clearly doing well enough to have recen …

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